Hygiene

It's All About Balance

August 30th, 2017

"It's All About Balance," that was the topic of conversation last night at our Continuing Education class.

Michelle Wright, with Benco Dental/GC America, came to Tuscaloosa to school local hygienists and dentist on the importance of managing high risk caries patients. Michelle was an amazing speaker, and went over tons of great tips on how to treat high risk caries patients, and the differences between low, medium, and high risk.

Each hygienist/dentist that was in attendance received 2 CE credits, and a delicious meal provided by Taco Mama. Thanks again to everyone who helped make this class possible, and to all the attendees!

Why do I have to floss?!

June 7th, 2017

Brushing your teeth regularly is one of the most crucial parts of maintaining good oral health, and perhaps the most fundamental, however, there are also other elements involved. FLOSSING, for instance is also vital; some experts would say, and Dr. McKinney and our team would agree, that it holds just as much importance as brushing your teeth. To give you a better idea of why, here are some reasons that flossing is so vital to your oral health.

Getting in-between the Teeth

While brushing your teeth effectively cleans all of the areas of your teeth that are visible, or otherwise not touching, flossing is vital because it reaches all of the areas between your teeth that you cannot see, and subsequently cannot clean using a toothbrush. These areas are among the most sensitive and vulnerable parts of your mouth because they are most susceptible to plaque and tarter buildup

Reducing Bad Breath

It is not uncommon for someone who brushes their teeth once or twice a day to still have bad breath. The reason being is that bad breath is often created by smelly bacteria that lives in between your teeth, as well as other areas of your mouth that are not accessible using a toothbrush. And that is why flossing is one of the best ways to reduce or eliminate bad breath. Still skeptical? Try flossing your teeth with unscented floss, then smell it after, that awful scent is the source of your bad breath. Coupled with frequent brushing of your teeth, you will find that flossing can really help that stinky breath.

Brushing your teeth twice a day is hard enough, add flossing on top and it can be difficult to establish a regular habit. However, doing so is totally worth it. Use the above reasons for motivation the next time you don't feel like flossing, and let us know if it worked at your next visit!

Summer Fun!

May 17th, 2017


Don't let braces slow down your summer fun!

If you are wearing braces and are planning a vacation, our team at McKinney Orthodontics would suggest that you be prepared. We put together a list of items that will be handy to have with you at all times while you are out of town.

Braces/Oral Hygiene Kit includes:

  • Toothpick, flosspick, or interdental cleaners
  • Travel toothbrush
  • A water bottle or a mini bottle of mouth rinse
  • Orthodontic wax to help with discomfort from protruding wires
  • A small mirror for examining any possible issues in your mouth

Putting these items together in a "braces/oral hygiene kit" may be wise. You can even call us and we can get you one! Please ask us for more information.

We suggest avoiding the following foods to prevent broken brackets and/or wire distortion while you are on vacation.

  • Chewy, sticky, or gummy food
  • Apples, pears, or other whole fruits (cut fruit into wedges before consuming)
  • Bagels and hard rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard candies
  • Hard cookies or pretzels
  • All varieties of nuts, including peanuts, almonds, and cashews

Finally, if you are wearing Invisalign and happen to lose your tray, don't worry! Simply put in your next tray and contact us as soon as you get home!

Follow these tips and you can have a worry-free vacation! Please give us a call if you have any questions, and enjoy that summer sun!!